Northamptonshire National Society and
its schools, 1812-1854

Rosemary Dunhill OBE

19th October, 2019

Conference Suite, Main Hall, St Andrew's Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton

The Northamptonshire branch of the National Society played a major role in the first half of the 19th century in extending educational opportunity in the county's towns and villages, working with local clergy, landowners and others to build and maintain schools and to provide some minimal training for teachers, while attempting to hold at bay what they saw as unwarranted government interference and nonconformist rivalry.

Rosemary Dunhill, whose edition of the records charting this role was published by the Society in 2017, will illustrate the wide range of records on which her work was based including many which bring the past vividly to life.

Rosemary Dunhill was Deputy Chief Archivist at Northamptonshire Record Office from 1976 to 1982, leaving to become County Archivist of Hampshire. She was awarded the Society of Archivists' Ellis Prize in 1996, receiving an Hon D Litt from King Alfred's College (now the University of Winchester) in 2000, and received an OBE for services to archives in 2003. Publication (with Professor Donald Burrows): Music and Theatre in Handel's World: the family papers of James Harris of Salisbury 1735-1780.

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